St. Paul judge strikes down abortion restrictions

Photo by: WDAY Radio Staff
Photo by: WDAY Radio Staff

(St. Paul, MN) -- A judge in St. Paul has struck down some of Minnesota's abortion restrictions.

Ramsey County Judge Thomas Gilligan Monday said Minnesota's parental notification law and 24-hour waiting period violate the state's constitution. Gilligan said the 24-hour law goes beyond informed consent.

The ruling means Minnesota is getting less restrictive with its abortion laws while its neighbors are mostly getting more restrictive. Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison hasn't decided yet if he will appeal the ruling.

This as officials that work in Women's health expect numbers to skyrocket with many seeking out services in Minnesota from states where abortion will or is becoming illegal.